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Bide \Bide\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bided; p. pr. & vb. n. Biding.] [OE. biden, AS. b[=i]dan; akin to OHG. b[=i]tan, Goth. beidan, Icel. b[=i]??; perh. orig., to wait with trust, and akin to bid. See Bid, v. t., and cf. Abide.]

  1. To dwell; to inhabit; to abide; to stay.

    All knees to thee shall bow of them that bide In heaven or earth, or under earth, in hell.

  2. To remain; to continue or be permanent in a place or state; to continue to be.


alt. (en-past of: bide) vb. (en-past of: bide)

Usage examples of "bided".

Only one thing more I would ask, and that was if Matelgar bided in his own or my hall.

Does no man remember the going back to his place when these strangers had bided in it for a while, after they beat us in Dorset?

But I found afterwards that he had been lamed once, and tended by the monks, and so had bided in the abbey, liking the life, though he had been a stout housecarle to some thane or other.

So that often would he call me “Grendel" in sport thereafter, for we grew close friends in the time we bided at Salisbury.

The terror which went before and the weeping that bided after that flag were yet to come.

Thither we were led in all state as the messengers of the great king, and there we bided for a day or two while they made ready a train of horses which should take us to our journey’s end.

Yet even then, as the red sun lit up the place of their death, we could see that the marks of their chalky hands bided on the handles of their picks, fresh as if made yesterday.

Go you and watch at the door of Offa, for it has bided untended long enough.

I suppose that never before had Offa been so ill attended, for the very courtiers feared what curse should light on the place and all who bided in it.

I know that you have bided here in sore risk for me, and maybe you also will be safer if once we are across the Wye.

The other priest lifted his eyes from his book, and so bided, motionless.

Now and then we had gone there and bided in the hall, seeing to the lands, and so forth, but mostly it had been left to the care of the steward.

Other beings bided here in Khazathdaur, among the serried wooden towers, the attenuated vaults, the fluted shadows like widows' veils trailing from every soaring bough, the endlessly falling leaves drowning in a watery twilight.

Had you informed us of its presence we would never have bided by its pool.

He caught the boy before he had started falling, heaved him over the taffrail, slid across himself, stood there for a second, sharply limned in a cone of light from a torch new lit in the boat -- McKinnon had prudently bided his time until he had heard the sharp thud of the blow -- crooked an arm round the young soldier's waist and jumped.